As a newlywed, you encounter many challenges and changes. You learn the ins and outs of sharing your life with your new spouse. For husbands and wives alike, this can be a difficult process. One of the biggest challenges that many new couples face is regarding their finances. For me, navigating a new financial lifestyle was one of the most challenging aspects of my life as a newlywed. Combining our finances meant that I had to learn to spend differently. All the lavish spending I was accustomed to in my years living as a single had to be curtailed. It wasn’t easy at first, and certainly wasn’t the most fun, but I learned how to stay primped on a budget, and want to share these tactics with you!

Ditch the Salon

Hair care is one of the biggest personal expenses that we women have. I got so sick of shelling out cash for hair maintenance that I just chopped all mine off! Just kidding…no, but seriously, I used to pay between $50-100 each time that I went to the salon (which was at least once a month). Now that is a LOT of money. Think about it like this: even if you only pay $30 bi-weekly for salon visits, that still adds up to over $700 every year. The hard truth is that most women pay quite a bit more than $30 on the average visit.

Trust me; there are cheaper ways to maintain your look. Invest in a few at-home items that you can use in between major salon visits (think: cut, color, relaxer, etc. – all the things that absolutely require professional attention), so that you won’t have to go as often. A blow dryer and flat-iron are just a few must-haves. Check out one of the myriad YouTube videos for DIY styling. You’d be surprised by the wealth of free knowledge available on the internet. And if you’re a hopeless case, enlist the help of a trusted friend or family member for your styling needs. I’m a huge proponent of learning how to do something for myself, and thus, keeping my coins in my pocket.

DIY Mani-Pedi

Let’s be honest, we women love our mani-pedis. There’s nothing better than going to the spa/salon and getting a pedicure while sitting in the massage chair while soaking your feet, and enjoying your favorite magazine or book. That is, until you take a look at the bill! Spa treatment is not cheap at all. I love a good mani-pedi, but when I realized how much of a frivolous expense it had become (and after a stern talking to from my husband), I realized that I had to get creative and find new ways to maintain my look sans spending. I started my own nail polish collection, and now enjoy doing my nails myself. I know it’s not rocket science, but it really was that simple. I actually cringe now when I think of how much money I wasted paying someone to do something that I actually enjoy doing myself. Give it a try ladies: do your own mani-pedis for a month, and see how the transition suits you.

Shop So the Price-tag Won’t Make You Drop

Luckily for me, I’m not a huge spender when it comes to clothes. I know that there are far too many cute clothing options for me to spend my precious coins on overly expensive duds. However, if you do find yourself spending more than you’d like on clothing, I have a few suggestions. For one, try buying clothes when they’re out of season. You usually can cut costs tremendously by doing this. Or, try thrift shopping. It’s insane some of the steals that you can find thrifting. I once bought a 100% cashmere Lord & Taylor sweater for less than twenty bucks. There’s an art to thrifting, and you’ve got to have patience, but when you catch steals like that, you see just how fun it can be.

What about you? What ways have you incorporated to stay frugally fab? Let us know in the comments!

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